Kathleen W. Panagis

Office Location: Norfolk, VA., Richmond, VA.

Education
  • B.A., College of William & Mary
  • J.D., Widener University School of Law
Judicial Clerkship
  • Law Clerk to the late Honorable David T. Stitt, Circuit Court of Virginia, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Fairfax, Virginia
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Western District of Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • Communications Committee Member, 2020-present
  • Southeastern Virginia Chapter of Community Associations Member
  • Education Subcommittee for CA Day 2018, Co-Chair Programs Committee, Co-Chair (2018-19)
Notable Accomplishments
  • Recipient of Committee of the Year Award for Programs Committee, December 2018
  • Recipient of Volunteer of the Year Award for the CA Day Committee for SEVA CAI, December 2017
  • Recipient of Rising Star Award for SEVA CAI, December 2016

Kathleen W. Panagis is an Of Counsel attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP and a member of the firm’s Community Associations law team. With more than a decade of experience, she serves as general counsel to homeowner and condominium associations located in Virginia. Kathleen’s representation of community associations includes transactional work, corporate governance, and litigation support. Kathleen is an active member of SEVA-CAI and serves as a member of the chapter’s Communications Committee.

EXPERIENCED COUNSEL FOR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

  • Advise community association boards on day-to-day business operations, compliance with governing documents, operating procedures, meetings (including quorum, voting, and proxy issues), insurance matters, directors issues and disputes, owner disputes, real property transactions, and assessment collections.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and education to association board members on various areas of the law, including annual updates to the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act, Virginia Condominium Act, Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act, and Virginia Common Interest Communities Act.
  • Work with and collaborate with community association boards and management team members in taking proactive steps to best protect associations’ interests.
  • Advise on repair and maintenance responsibilities of community associations.
  • Prepare comprehensive policy and administrative resolutions.
  • Experience in reviewing land records, analyzing chain of recorded documents, and researching contents of plats and plans.
  • Assist condominium associations in seeking and obtaining FHA certification and recertification, as well as VA certification.

INTERPRETATION/AMENDMENT OF GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

  • Draft and amend community associations’ declarations, bylaws, master deeds, and/or articles of incorporation.
  • Assist community associations in proceeding with proposed amendments such as attending town hall meetings with members of the community, preparing explanatory letters explaining the amendments, and preparing proxies and/or ballots for membership vote on amendments.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

  • Review, draft, and negotiate contracts on behalf of community associations, including, but not limited to, professional management company contracts, service contracts with various community vendors, licensing agreements, easement agreements, and settlement and release agreements.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LITIGATION, AND RULES AND COVENANTS ENFORCEMENT

  • Initiate and defendant lawsuits brought by or against homeowner or condominium associations.
  • Pursuit of injunctive relief and specific performance actions on behalf of community associations for covenants enforcement actions in both Circuit and General District Courts.
  • Litigate assessment collection cases and experience in pursuing post-judgment collection enforcement actions.

COUNSEL TO BOARDS OF DIRECTORS

  • Advise community association boards on day-to-day business operations, compliance with governing documents, operating procedures, meetings (including quorum, voting, and proxy issues), insurance matters, directors issues and disputes, owner disputes, real property transactions, and assessment collections.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and education to association board members on various areas of the law, including annual updates to the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act, Virginia Condominium Act, Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act, and Virginia Common Interest Communities Act.
Articles
Spring Cleaning For Virginia Community Associations Top 10 Policies and Procedures
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Sit, Stay, And Learn: Assistance Animal And Virginia Common Interest Communities
Virginia common interest communities (property owners’ associations, condominium associations, cooperatives, and time-shares (individually, “CIC”, and collectively, “CICs”)), are subject to the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (“FHA”) and the Virginia Fair Housing Law (“VFHL”) ...
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Virginia Circuit Court Upholds Rule Requiring Residents To Sign Assumption Of Risk Form As A Condition To Using Certain Common Areas During The Pandemic
A Charlottesville Circuit Court held that a rule promulgated by a Virginia property owners’ association requiring residents to sign an assumption of the risk form prior to using certain common areas was reasonable ...
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